Sidis and Scholars
Essays on African Indians
This book details aspects of African Indian history, communities, music, and religion, from the disciplines of history, anthropology, archaeology, art history, religious studies, and ethnomusicology. MORE
New Features - Photo Galleries and Interactive Written Material Viewer!
Further background on publications, unpublished ethnographic materials on South Asia: 1938/1984 logs and catalogues, 1963-4 lists of performers granting permission, 1975 Pakistan fieldwork diaries and production stills, and more.
MUSIC FOR A GODDESS
by Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy and Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy
This narrated DVD explores the sacred music, dance and rituals of devidasis and devidasas, women and men dedicated to the goddess Renuka/Yellamma. Worshipped by millions of devotees in the border regions of southern Maharashtra, northern Karnataka, and adjacent areas of India, this fertility goddess is best known through media representations and social activism protesting practices linked to sexuality and prostitution. Her musical and social traditions have parallels in the devadasi (women dedicated to male deities) system in Tamilnadu before its reform and classicization in the early twentieth century. MORE
Folk Music of Pakistan 1975-76
Kathputli: The world of rajasthani puppeteers
"This revealing and valuable book is the product of conscientious and sympathetic research and lengthy fieldwork."- Noor Jehan Mecklai (Dawn, 13 June 2004)
-"Bravo! A Wonderful presentation deep in mulit-layered analysis and perspectives. A joy."-Scott Marcus, Professor of Ethnomusicology, UCSB
At Home with Master Musicians of Madras: Volume 1, T.N. Krishnan
"This videotape constitutes an important addition to [the] Apsara Media series… [T]his video could contribute to an excellent learning experience in the classroom, in which students appreciate how content and context were interwoven in the late 20th century world of Carnatic music." -Professor Rolf Groesbeck, University of Arkansas
Hi-Tech Shiva and Other Apocryphal Stories: An Academic Allegory
"Jairazbhoy weaves eleven 'apocryphal' stories - and they are fun rides from start to finish including the tongue-in-cheek glossary." -The Sunday Times of India (11 July 1993)
FROM AFRICA TO INDIA:
"This excellently informative documentary of the history, music, and religion of the Sidis is the latest in a series of valuable educational videos by the noted ethnomusicological team Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy and Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy."
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